Arthur Kennedy


Actor
Arthur Kennedy

About

Also Known As
John Arthur Kennedy
Birth Place
Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Born
February 17, 1914
Died
January 05, 1990
Cause of Death
Brain Tumor

Biography

Gifted supporting player and occasional leading man, discovered by James Cagney while performing on stage. Kennedy made his screen debut in "City for Conquest" (1940), playing Cagney's kid brother, and subsequently appeared in over 60 films through the late 1980s. His theater work included a Tony Award-winning performance as Biff in "Death of a Salesman" (1948)....

Photos & Videos

Too Late for Tears - Publicity Stills
Elmer Gantry - Movie Poster
Air Force - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Mary Cheffrey
Wife
Actor. Married 1938 until her death in 1975.

Biography

Gifted supporting player and occasional leading man, discovered by James Cagney while performing on stage. Kennedy made his screen debut in "City for Conquest" (1940), playing Cagney's kid brother, and subsequently appeared in over 60 films through the late 1980s. His theater work included a Tony Award-winning performance as Biff in "Death of a Salesman" (1948).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Grandpa (1992)
Signs of Life (1989)
L'Umanoide (1979)
Kraspin
Sono stato un'agente CIA (1978)
Bermude: La Fossa Maledetta (1978)
Mr Jackson
L' Anti Cristo (1978)
Ciclon (1977)
The Sentinel (1977)
Gli Ultimi angeli (1977)
Ab Morgen sind wir reich und ehrlich (1977)
Nove ospiti per un delitto (1976)
La Spiaggia del desiderio (1976)
Roma A Mano Armata (1975)
Chief Police Luini
Fin de semana para los muertos (1974)
Nakia (1974)
La Polizia ha le mani legate (1974)
Ricco (1973)
The President's Plane Is Missing (1973)
Baciamo le mani (1972)
Crawlspace (1972)
Albert Graves
Glory Boy (1971)
Walter Pell
A Death of Innocence (1971)
Marvin Hirsh
Shark! (1969)
Doc
Day of the Evil Gun (1968)
Owen Forbes
A Minute To Pray, a Second To Die (1968)
Roy Colby
Anzio (1968)
General Lesly
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Dr. Duval
Nevada Smith (1966)
Bill Bowdre
Italiano brava gente (1965)
Ferro Maria Ferri
Joy in the Morning (1965)
Patrick Brown
Murieta (1965)
Captain Love
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Doc Holliday
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
Dr. [Henry] Adams
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Jackson Bentley
Barabbas (1962)
Pontius Pilate
Claudelle Inglish (1961)
Clyde Inglish
Murder She Said (1961)
Dr. Quimper
Home Is the Hero (1961)
Willie O'Reilly
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Jim Lefferts
Some Came Running (1959)
Frank Hirsh
A Summer Place (1959)
Bart Hunter
Twilight for the Gods (1958)
Ramsay
Peyton Place (1957)
Lucas Cross
The Rawhide Years (1956)
Rick Harper
Trial (1955)
Barney [Castle]
The Man from Laramie (1955)
Vic Hansbro
The Naked Dawn (1955)
Santiago
Crashout (1955)
Joe Quinn
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Jesse Bard
Impulse (1955)
Alan Curtis
The Lusty Men (1952)
Wes Merritt
Red Mountain (1952)
Lane Waldron
Bright Victory (1952)
Larry Nevins
The Girl in White (1952)
Dr. Ben Barringer
Bend of the River (1952)
Emerson Cole
Rancho Notorious (1952)
Vern Haskell
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Tom Wingfield
The Window (1949)
Editor Woodry
Champion (1949)
Connie [Kelly]
Too Late For Tears (1949)
Alan Palmer
Chicago Deadline (1949)
Tommy Ditman
The Walking Hills (1949)
Chalk
Cheyenne (1947)
Sundance Kid
Boomerang! (1947)
John Waldron
Devotion (1946)
Branwell Brontë
Resisting Enemy Interrogation (1945)
Sergeant Alfred Mason
Air Force (1943)
Bombardier [Tommy McMartin]
Desperate Journey (1942)
Flying Officer Jed Forrest
They Died with Their Boots On (1942)
Ned Sharp
Highway West (1941)
George Foster
Knockout (1941)
Johnny Rocket
Strange Alibi (1941)
Joe Geary
High Sierra (1941)
Red
Bad Men of Missouri (1941)
Jim Younger
City for Conquest (1940)
Eddie Kenny
Prunella (1918)
The gardeners' boy

Cast (Special)

The Third Commandment (1959)
Jim Munday

Life Events

Photo Collections

Too Late for Tears - Publicity Stills
Too Late for Tears - Publicity Stills
Elmer Gantry - Movie Poster
Here is an original American 1-Sheet movie poster from United Artists' Elmer Gantry (1960), starring Burt Lancaster. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Air Force - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from Warner Bros' Air Force (1943), starring John Garfield and Gig Young.
The Window - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from RKO's The Window (1949). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Rawhide Years - Movie Posters
Here are a few original movie posters from Universal Pictures' The Rawhide Years (1955), starring Tony Curtis and Colleen Miller.

Videos

Movie Clip

Summer Place, A (1959) - I've Been A Good Girl! Rescued teens Molly (Sandra Dee) and John (Troy Donahue) return from their night stranded on a coastal island, her mother Helen (Constance Ford) assuming they have sinned, in Delmer Daves' A Summer Place, 1959.
Trial (1955) - Opening, San Juno Village Beach All-out "ripped from the headlines" scene-setting featuring Rafael Campos (as "Angel") in the dramatic opening of director Mark Robson's Trial, 1955, starring Glenn Ford and Arthur Kennedy.
Trial (1955) - He Talks White Supremacy Director Mark Robson shooting at an LA-area cemetery, Glenn Ford, Arthur Kennedy and Dorothy McGuire the legal team for their innocent client, at the funeral for the presumed murder victim, James Todd the minister, James Hoyt and Paul Guilfoyle the local racists demanding justice against the Latino perp, in writer Don Mankiewicz’s Trial, 1955.
Trial (1955) - This Young Man's Voice Is A Mighty Weapon Glenn Ford as David Blake, law professor who signed on to gain trial experience, and is arguing the case for big time attorney Castle (Arthur Kennedy), grumbling about the publicity operation, which is illustrated with scenes at the LA Shrine Auditorium, with Katy Jurado, Barry Kelley et al, in Trial, 1955, from writer Don Mankiewicz and director Mark Robson.
Trial (1955) - That Meant Me Keep Out! Everybody fighting over young suspect Angel (Rafael Campos) including lawyer Barney (Arthur Kennedy), professor David (Glenn Ford) and mom (Katy Jurado) in an early scene from director Mark Robson's Trial, 1955.
Bend Of The River (1952) - Having A Little Trouble? Trail guide McClintock (James Stewart) visits Portland where his buddy Cole (Arthur Kennedy) has signed on with the saloon, along with would-be settler Laura (Julie Adams), but they re-unite when supplier Hendricks (Howard Petrie) makes trouble, gambler Wilson (Rock Hudson) offering backup, in Anthony Mann's Bend Of The River, 1952.
Window, The (1949) - You Never Mean Any Harm Only child Tommy (Bobby Driscoll) with parents (Arthur Kennedy, Barbara Hale), when the landlord shows up acting on a rumor the kid spread earlier in the day, confirming the boy does have a problem with confabulating, in The Window, 1949, from the Cornell Woolrich story The Boy Cried Murder.
Peyton Place (1957) - More Passionate Than Reason Janitor Lucas (Arthur Kennedy) commiserates with veteran teacher Miss Thornton (Mildred Dunnock), who had been favored to become the new principal, when board member Swain (Lloyd Nolan) brings in Rossi (Lee Philips), who got the job, in Peyton Place, 1957, from the Grace Metalious novel.
Girl In White, The (1952) - Gosh You're Stunning Composer David Raksin tips his hat to Cornell and Alma Mater, establishing young Emily Dunning (June Allyson) matriculated to the medical school, meeting there Ben Barringer (Arthur Kennedy) who has an unabashed crush, launching the love story in the MGM bio-pic The Girl In White, 1952.
City For Conquest (1940) - Song Of The Magic Isle Nice brother-bonding scene by director Anatole Litvak, musical Eddie (Arthur Kennedy) and bread-winner Danny (James Cagney), early in Warner Bros. City For Conquest, 1940.
Nevada Smith (1966) - There Ain't No Gold Intense cruelty from big actors (Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Karl Malden) as bandits assaulting the parents of Max Sand (Steve McQueen) who arrives too late, in Nevada Smith (1966), directed by Henry Hathaway.
Bend Of The River (1952) - What Law? McLyntock (James Stewart) tangles with the miners (Jack Lambert, Henry Morgan) trying to get out of hauling supplies from the riverboat to the settlement, backed up by Cole and Wilson (Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson), Julia Adams and her dad (Jay C. Flippen) joining the wagon train, in Anthony Mann’s Bend Of The River, 1952.

Trailer

Naked Dawn, The (1955) -- Original Trailer Original trailer for one of independent low-budget director Edgar G. Ulmer’s better-regarded titles, starring Arthur Kennedy as a Mexican bandit, in The Naked Dawn, 1955.
Devotion (1946) -- (Original Trailer) The Bronte sisters and their brother fight personal demons in the film biography, Devotion (1946),with Ida Lupino & Olivia de Havilland.
Bend of the River - (Original Trailer) A westerner (James Stewart) with a questionable past leads a wagon train into the Oregon territory in Bend of the River (1952) co-starring Rock Hudson and Arthur Kennedy, directed by Anthony Mann.
Boomerang! - (Textless Trailer) Prosecutor Dana Andrews fights to prove the defendant in a scandalous murder case is innocent in Elia Kazan's Boomerang! (1947).
Desperate Journey -- (Textless Trailer) Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan are behind enemy lines in Nazi-occupied Poland in the slam-bang adventure Desperate Journey (1942).
Barabbas -- (Original Trailer) Anthony Quinn plays Barabbas (1962), the thief given freedom while Jesus was crucified.
They Died With Their Boots On -- (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn stars in They Died With Their Boots On (1941), a romanticized biography of General George Armstrong Custer.
Air Force - (Original Trailer) A bomber crew sees World War in action over the Pacific in Air Force (1943), directed by Howard Hawks and starring John Garfield and Gig Young.
Bad Men of Missouri - (Original Trailer) The Younger Brothers become outlaws to fight off carpetbaggers in Bad Men of Missouri (1941) starring Dennis Morgan and Arthur Kennedy.
Cheyenne Autumn - (Original Trailer) A reluctant calvary Captain must track a defiant tribe of migrating Cheyennes in Cheyenne Autumn (1964).
Lusty Men, The - (Re-issue Trailer) A faded rodeo star mentors a younger rider but falls for his wife in The Lusty Men (1952), directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Robert Mitchum.
Knockout - (Original Trailer) A prizefighter's swelled head endangers his marriage in Knockout (1941) starring Arthur Kennedy and Anthony Quinn.

Family

Terrence Kennedy
Son
Born 1943, mother Mary Cheffrey.
Laurie Kennedy
Daughter
Actor. Born 1945, mother Mary Cheffrey.

Companions

Mary Cheffrey
Wife
Actor. Married 1938 until her death in 1975.

Bibliography